Now that the New York Knicks season is basically over, it’s time to play the youth. Despite what interim head coach Mike Miller says, they aren’t playing them nearly enough, Allonzo Trier included.
Before the last two games, Trier wasn’t seen in a game since January 18th against Philadelphia. Many Knicks fans have speculated the cause for the absence of play. It could be that his defense continues to fall short of NBA standards.
Even if the season had promise, he should getting time regardless of his defensive capabilities. The Knicks season can’t get any worse, literally.
This whole notion that the veteran players still need to be playing for a playoff push is nuts anymore. The chances of the Knicks making the playoffs are no more. Therefore, it’s time to play the youth, for the millionth time, and that includes Trier.
Trier remained a constant professional throughout the entire time he didn’t step on the court. He was humble and hungry, waiting for the time that his name was finally called. The Knicks could’ve used his services, greatly, during his stint on the bench.
Trier finally enter a game Monday in Houston getting 6 minutes of garbage time but made the best of it. Going 3-4 from the field with 9 points. Then last night in Charlotte, when the game was getting out of hand, he enter in the third quarter. Trier basically brought the Knicks back and almost tied the game up with his shooting performance.
Trier ended up with 15 points on 6-8 from the field. He missed a game tying shot but his confidence remains. That shows his determination to gain more minutes, which is what the Knicks need more of.
The New York Knicks need to figure it out when the comes to a rotation. And by rotation, we mean playing the younger players. Playing veteran players aren’t going to do any good now, it’s only hurting the development of everyone else, especially Trier.